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Volleyball Dropped In Straight Sets By SIU-Edwardsville

Bearcats (1-9) were led by sophomore Kristin Hovie's eight kills

September 8, 2012


Volleyball Dropped In Straight Sets By SIU-Edwardsville

SIU-Edwardsvill Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

AKRON, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball team lost in straight sets to SIU-Edwardsville, Saturday afternoon at the Zips Invitational. The Bearcats (1-9) fell 23-25, 18-25 and 17-25 to the Cougars (4-6) closing out their three-match tournament in Akron.

“It was a tough one today…I thought we came out flat,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We just couldn’t get anything going after battling in the first set. However, the team is continuing to work hard, but we have to work smarter. We’re looking forward to getting back home and having another chance at Siena on Wednesday.”

The Bearcats were unable to get on track all match after dropping a pair of tough five-set matches a day earlier. Binghamton was led by sophomore Kristin Hovie, who connected on a team-high eight kills. Junior captain Grace Vickers, an All-Tournament Team selection, had a solid outing with seven kills and a pair of service aces.

The SIU-Edwardsville defense stymied the Bearcats, allowing just 27 kills on a .048 hitting percentage. The Courgar’s service game was working all afternoon dropping in eight aces during the match.

In the first set the Bearcats fell behind early 10-6, but kills by Vickers and senior hitter Iva Partaleva help Binghamton climb back into the match. Binghamton evened the frame four times down the stretch, but was unable to overtake SIU-Edwardsville dropping the opening set 25-23.

With the second set tied at 13, the Cougars broke open the stanza following a timeout going on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 advantage. Binghamton was unable to recover from the SIU-Edwardsville scoring spurt, falling 25-18 in the second frame.

The third set played out similarly to second as an evenly played set was busted open by the Cougars, who went on a 7-2 run midway through the frame to take a 19-14 lead. SIU-Edwardsville never looked back cruising to the 25-17 third set victory.

Binghamton has little time to rest as they head to Siena on Wednesday, Sept. 12 for their second match of the season against the Saints. At the Boston College Invitational back on Aug. 25 Siena handed Binghamton one of its four five-set losses. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. from UHY Court at The Alumni Recreation Center.

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